Pocket Watches

Pocket Watches

I’m attracted to pocket watches for their beauty and utility. Before the wristwatch or today’s cellphone, the pocket watch was for centuries the way time was carried around. 

We pretty much live by the clock, but think back to what it must have been like throughout an ordinary day without the ability to check the time. Keeping an appointment must have been a very loose arrangement, especially on a cloudy or rainy day when the sundial was of no use. The pocket watch must have been a wonderful invention for its day. Though it had a few transitional points in which the timing became more accurate (some of the early pocket watches lost ‘hours’ in the course of a day), the pocket watch had a simple, practical function. So over the centuries, we’ve all been put ‘on the clock’. Even as I write this blog, I’m mindful that I want it scheduled by 1:00 am Arizona time. So, there we are.

But the collection of pocket watch photos today exemplifies both the element of time and how it moves along at a steady, clipping pace whether we like it or not and that whatever humankind puts its mind to, embellishment follows.

FunFacts about Pocket Watches (Source)

  • The first transitional ‘pocket watches’ in the 1500s were heavy, drum-shaped brass clocks either attached to clothing or worn on a chain around the neck.
  • Pocket watches were popular for centuries until after WWI. During this war, soldiers wore wrist watches in the trenches and this habit continued after the war ended.
  • Pocket watches have a chain so it can be attached to a waistcoat, lapel or belt loop.
  • These watches could also be attached to a short leather strap or fob.
  • By 1524 in Germany, pocket watches were being regularly manufactured by Peter Henlein, a master locksmith of Nuremberg. He is regarded by the scientific community as the father of the modern clock. (Source)
  • Early watches only had an hour hand. The minute hand showed up in the 17th Century.
  • There are 2 main types of pocket watches: The Open-Face and the Hunter. The former doesn’t have a cover. The latter has a spring-hinged circular metal cover to protect the crystal.
  • Up until the 20th Century, wrist-watches were considered unmanly and were only worn by women.

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